The word “Listening” in Latin is ‘obedire'. 'Audire' means “listening with great attention”.
That’s where the word “obedience” comes from. Jesus is called the obedient one, that means listener.
The Latin word for not listening, being deaf, is “surdus”. If you are absolutely not listening, that is where the word “absurd” comes from.
So it might be interesting to note that somebody who is not listening is leading an absurd life.
This insight comes from Henri Nouwen’s Advent Book, which offers really helpful guidance as we move through this sacred but Oh-So-Hectic Season. If this month feels more emotional, it’s because we all carry with us particular longings. Some are shaped by God, some not. But all of us long for EXACTLY what Christmas represents – God’s peace, hope, love, and Joy. And while Christ has come, the world – & all of us in it — are left longing for more. The Good News is that Hope has come. The more Good News is that we get to participate with God as agents of justice & mercy, compassion, generosity, & hope.
This month, we’re celebrating the anticipation of Christ’s coming with a series entitled, December Longings. Chances are the people closest to you are also longing for something more, different, and better. BE. LIGHT. Offer Hope, help, healing. Invite them into faith and community.
Speaking of Heaven on Earth, in the last two months, Mission Hills has been able to leverage almost $3000 from the Good Neighbor Fund!! All people in significant need. Your attendance ($1 set aside for every person in worship attendance) and your attention to the needs in our city MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
A single mom who’s husband is incarcerated, driving for Lift, needed car repair
Dental care for immigrant friend
Rental assistance for hospitalized & out of work burmese family
Grandparents left to raise 9 grandkids that two drug-dependent daughters abandoned,
ESL books for 10 students taught by our own people
Hope has come. You’re part of it. We all still carry longings but, when we bind together to practice and share a living faith, Christ Reigns!